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  • A Tranquil Soul
    on January 22, 2021

    The tranquil soul is one free of the anxieties described by St. Paul and the unclean spirits described in the Gospel. But this tranquility of soul is not a cheap quality; it must be earned through daily disciplines of prayer, fasting, and repentance.

  • Trust in Following God
    on January 15, 2021

    Sometimes it’s easy to want to know what will happen next. It helps us feel in control. The readings this weekend invite us to a different path, however, one where we are invited to say “yes” to the One who loves us, even if we don’t know all the answers.

  • The Role of Invitation in Evangelization
    on January 8, 2021

    Andrew's willingness to evangelize brought Peter to become a disciple of the Lord. Andrew's love for Peter moved him to share the truth and joy he had found. How blessed to have someone care enough to step out in faith and share the life found only in Jesus.

  • An Exhortation: Choose to Live Like Christ
    on January 1, 2021

    It is through our baptisms that we are gifted with the direction and purpose we need to be productive stewards and faithful Christians. It is not only about eternal salvation. In baptism, we receive what we need to fulfill our purpose and labor for the kingdom of God.

  • A Journey of Faith
    on December 25, 2020

    While the visit of the magi, representing the nations of the world, is a sign that the salvation offered by the newborn King is for all times and peoples, theologians also saw the magi’s journey as a symbol of conversion and the journey of faith that each of us is traveling.

  • A HIDDEN LIFE OF STRENGTH, WISDOM, GRACE
    on December 18, 2020

    The Holy Family is the model for a Christian family. It was in this simple home that Jesus, our Savior, grew into the man who would save the world. It was in the humble surroundings of his home life that this great man spent most of his life on earth.

  • The Greatest Mystery
    on December 11, 2020

    During these last few days of Advent, we are invited into the heart of the Christian faith, a profound and challenging mystery so simple in its outward manifestation that it is easily overlooked and so unfathomable in its depths that it cannot be comprehended by the rational mind.

  • In Need of a Savior
    on December 4, 2020

    If the Messiah has come for the broken, the poor, the oppressed, the captive, the ones in need of vindication, do we see with clarity our deep need for a Savior? Are we utterly convinced of our own poverty of spirit, imprisonment by sin and desires of this world, and brokenness of heart?

  • How Do You Prepare the Way?
    on November 27, 2020

    Advent is God's gift to us, our time for preparation. Christmas is not merely a reminder and a celebration of Jesus' first coming as an infant to Mary in Bethlehem but a reminder that he will come again.

  • Stay Awake! The Best Is Yet to Come!
    on November 20, 2020

    It is difficult to stay focused and alert when we are tired. When out in public, one can almost hear a constant hum of anxiety. It’s always there. People are scared. Yet, this new brightly shining liturgical year bids us to stand erect, stay awake and watch!

  • The Good News of the Reign of Christ
    on November 13, 2020

    When we limit the focus of this feast to the kingship of Christ, we risk losing the broader view of what we are really celebrating today: our citizenship in the Kingdom of God. We have been claimed by and for Christ in our baptism and our true home is in the Reign of Christ.

  • Appraising Our Greatest Valuables
    on November 6, 2020

    What treasure has been entrusted us and how we can multiply it for the glory of God? Perhaps, the treasure is that which all of us have and which we can often take for granted, like valuable antiques gathering dust in our attics — our family.

  • The Light and the Dark
    on October 30, 2020

    When the cravings of the five senses are tempered, the soul is more apt to perceive the deeper realities of the sacred mysteries. How can we learn to temper our five senses, then, in order to help our souls be more attentive to the arrival of the Bridegroom?

  • Living As A Witness
    on October 23, 2020

    The world will always let us down eventually because we are not made for this world. The Solemnity and readings this weekend help us remember this truth by surrounding us with faithful witnesses who we can look up to and emulate.

  • Growing in Love of God and Neighbor
    on October 16, 2020

    What presently has your heart? What occupies your mind? And what are you trying to gain at perhaps the cost of your soul? How can you love God with all you have? How can we love God with all our heart surrounded by so many others whom we love?

  • Feet in Two Worlds
    on October 9, 2020

    We have to keep our feet in two places. While we are of this world, we also are members of another. It is challenging to attend to our civil obligations and duties while remaining loyal to the greater truth that God is God and there is no other.

  • Invited to the Feast
    on October 2, 2020

    What’s at stake in this Sunday’s Gospel are the same themes of the end of time and judgment that we found in last week’s Gospel. Jesus is pulling the rug from beneath our feet. Remember, this isn’t just a nice story. Parables are intended to throw us off balance.

  • The Precious Gift Of Life
    on September 25, 2020

    What does it mean to be pro-life? It means that every human being is precious and that the measure of the moral goodness of our society is whether those lives — without qualification — are welcomed and given an opportunity to flourish.

  • Embracing Obedience
    on September 18, 2020

    While many of us have learned to maintain our composure, we know that deep within, there flows a river of molten negativity that monastic spirituality calls grumbling.

  • A Sign of Contradiction
    on September 11, 2020

    God is speaking directly to our hearts to call on Him in our disrupted plans and to seek Him not as some far-off deity, but as the God who is near and who is deeply invested in our lives.

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